How to Make a Rosary Instructions


See step-by-step how to make a rosary with photos and beading instructions to make your own rosary as unique as your prayers.

Whether you see a rosary as a prayer aid or jewelry this one is wire jewelry project too.

We'll use an easy wire jewelry making technique called simple wire loops.

This is a five decade beaded hematite rosary. I made it for my nephew who collects rosaries. He absolutely loved it!

Picture of handmade beaded rosaryHandmade beaded rosary made of wire and hematite beads

And so did everyone else! I must admit it is beautiful.

I am not Catholic, but I love it so much! Use the one you make as a reminder to pray through life's little curve balls!

Five decade rosaries are very long (or large rosaries) and have great presence.

I hope you'll be as captivated by making your five decade rosary as I am by having made this one.

Instructions on How to Make a Rosary

Prerequisite Beading Techniques

If you are new to jewelry making, learn and practice these jewelry making techniques first...

How to Make Simple or Plain Wire Loops Using Wire

How to Open Split Rings

Pictures of Beaded Rosary Making Supplies

Picture of rosary making parts.
Rosary Making Parts and Supplies

Sterling Silver Wire Coil
Sterling Silver Wire Coil

List of Rosary Making Supplies to Make a Rosary Necklace

  • 1 crucifix
  • 1 2-to-1 rosary medallion jewelry connector (rosary center)
  • 53 6mm round beads (your choice of color)
  • 6 8mm round beads
  • 28 split rings
  • a few feet (a meter or two) of round half hard wire
  • about 7" (17.8 cm) of jewelry chain
  • beading board
  • marker pen

Bead Jewelry Making Tools and/or Pliers

  • round nose pliers
  • chain nose pliers
  • split ring pliers
  • wire cutters

Here is an explanation and pictures of jewelry pliers used in bead jewelry projects.

Step by Step Illustrated Instructions on
How to Make a Rosary

1. Gather your supplies, tools and beading board.

Layout the bead pattern for your handmade rosary as shown in the two photos below.

Step 1 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: Layout beads on a beading board.

Step 1a of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: Layout of beads showing 
the position of Hail Mary and Our Father beads on a beading board.
Layout of beads on a beading board showing the position
of hail mary and our father beads to make a rosary.

2. Cut 14 pieces of chain with 3 links in each length of chain or about 1/2" (1.3 cm) lengths.

Step 2 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Cut 14 pieces of chain with 3 links in each length.

3. Using the split ring pliers, attach a split ring to each end of all 14 chain links.

Step 3 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Attach a split ring to each end of all 14 chain links.

4. The picture below shows the placement of each chain link.

Place one chain link on each side of each 8mm bead (Our Father bead) and each side of the top of the rosary center.

Step 4 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Place one chain link on each side of each 8mm bead (Our Father bead) and each 
side of the top of the Rosary center.

How to Make a Rosary
Beaded Rosary Instructions Continued

5. Before you start to make the simple wire loops, use a marker to mark the tip of your round nose pliers. This will help you to make consistent sized wire loops.

p align="center"> Step 5 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
To make consistent sized wire loops, use a marker to mark 
the tip of your round nose pliers.

6. Using the round nose pliers, make a simple wire loop on one end of a piece of wire, thread an 8mm bead onto the wire and make a simple wire loop on the second end of the wire. ( How to Make Simple or Plain Wire Loops Using Wire)

Make another bead unit for each of the five remaining 8mm beads for a total of six 8mm bead units. Set them aside.

Step 6 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Make 6 simple wire loop bead units using the 8mm beads.

7. Using the round nose pliers, make a simple wire loop on one end of a piece of wire, thread a 6mm bead onto the wire and make a simple wire loop on the second end of the wire.

Make ten 6mm bead units.

Step 7 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Using the 6mm beads, make ten simple wire loops bead units.


8. Now, connect the ten bead units by interlocking (using the chain nose pliers, open the wire loop of one bead unit, thread on the wire loop of a second bead unit, close the wire loop) the wire loop of one bead unit to the wire loop of another bead unit.

Step 8 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Connect ten simple wire loops bead units together.

The wire loops should be closed snugly together.

Step 8a of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Connect ten simple wire loops bead units snugly together.

How to Make a Rosary
Beaded Rosary Instructions Continued

9. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 until you have five sets of ten 6mm bead units.

Step 9 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Repeat Steps 7 and 8 until you have five sets of ten 6mm bead units.

10. Using the round nose pliers, make a simple wire loop on one end of a piece of wire, thread a 6mm bead onto the wire and make a simple wire loop on the second end of the wire.

Make two more. Connect three 6mm bead units together.

Step 10 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Make and connect three 6mm bead units.

11. Attach a chain link (you made these in Step 3) to each ring on the rosary medallion.

Open the split ring attached to one end of a chain link and slide it into a ring on the rosary center ( How to Open Split Rings).

Step 11 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Attach a chain link to each ring on the rosary center.

12. Attach the crucifix drop to the rosary center. This is what the rosary drop will look like when you're done.

Step 12 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Attach the crucifix drop to the rosary center.

Here is how to do it.

Using the chain nose pliers to open and close the simple wire loops and split ring pliers to open the split rings, attach the components in this order:

Attach one 8mm Our Father bead unit to the chain link at the bottom of the rosary center.

Attach a chain link to the second wire loop of the 8mm Our Father bead unit.

Attach the three 6mm beads unit to the split ring at the bottom of the chain link.

Step 12a of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Attach the crucifix drop to the rosary center.

Attach a chain link to the bottom of the three 6mm beads unit.

Attach one 8mm Our Father bead unit to the split ring at the bottom of the chain link.

Attach a chain link to the second wire loop of the 8mm Our Father bead unit.

Attach the crucifix to split ring at the bottom of the chain link.

Step 12b of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Attach the crucifix drop to the rosary center.

You've completed the crucifix drop.

How to Make a Rosary
Beaded Rosary Instructions Continued

13. Attach the remaining bead units to the rosary center to finish making the rosary.

Attach the bead and chain link units in this order:

  • one chain link (already attached to the rosary center)
  • one 6mm Hail Mary bead unit
  • one chain link
  • one 8mm Our Father bead unit

Step 13 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Attach the remaining beads to the rosary center to finish making the rosary.

14. Continue to connect the bead and chain link units in this order or pattern, ending by connecting the fifth Hail Mary bead unit to the chain link already connected to the rosary center.

Step 14 of How to Make a Rosary Instructions: 
Connect all the bead and chain link units to the rosary center.


You're done! You know how to make a rosary with wire and beads.

May you find comfort and solace in your beautiful chain beaded rosary as you use it to say the rosary.

You may also want to use these beaded rosary instructions for making a rosary necklace using beading wire (flexwire).


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